THE AMERICAN WEST (mostly): Fact and Fiction (mostly fiction)

"NOBODY GETS TO BE A COWBOY FOREVER." -- Chet Rollins (Jack Palance) in MONTE WALSH (NG, 1970)

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Sunday, December 30, 2012


Harry Carey, Jr., age 91, has died.  It is ironic, but I just finished reading Company of Heroes, his informative and entertaining memoir about his years in John Ford's stock company.  I had also just finished posting my review of WAGON MASTER, the John Ford Western in which he co-starred with friend Ben Johnson and mentor Ward Bond.

He was nicknamed Dobe at birth by his father because his red hair resembled the color of adobe brick, and as an adult he acted in some of the greatest Westerns to ever be filmed.  He was the last of a breed, an immediately recognizable character actor who never disappointed. 



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